Ed Tech 101: A Podcast for Teachers and Techies Alike
Incorporating multimedia into lesson plans is a great way for teachers to increase student engagement. If you're looking for new and inventive ways to use technology in your classroom (or just your life), check out Ed Tech 101.
What Is It?
Ed Tech 101 is a podcast produced by Brian Dvorak, an education technology professional. The podcast focuses on useful tech tools that can be incorporated into educational settings. Most episodes are short, about five minutes in length, and feature a broad overview of a certain tech tool or product. The majority of the content consists of Mr. Dvorak describing how he sees an educational use for the product and giving a basic description of how it works.
There are 41 episodes in total, and the first episode dates back to 2006. The most recent episode is from September, 2010. Though this dates Ed Tech 101 a bit, most of the technology described is still in existence and hasn't been rendered obsolete. Still, more frequent updates would definitely help make the podcast more useful. If you're looking for a source for tips and tricks relating to the latest, cutting-edge technologies that can be used for teaching, you'll have to look elsewhere.
Who Will Get the Most Use out of It?
The podcast is aimed toward teachers in K-12 classrooms. I think older students might be able to get some use out of it as well. Though it's aimed at K-12 ages, there are a few areas of applicability to higher education teaching as well. For example, college professors might be interested in building a personal learning network on Twitter, and one podcast episode is specifically dedicated to this subject.
Since the podcast episodes are so short and don't offer a lot of hand-holding in terms of explaining how to use the recommended tool or product, this podcast is going to be most relevant for confident computer and Internet users. You don't necessarily have to be a total computer pro, but you will need to feel confident figuring out how to use online apps and other moderately advanced technology to get the most out of the podcast. After all, there isn't much point in listening to it if you're not going to test out the technology Mr. Dvorak recommends.
Summary: Pros and Cons
- Podcast episodes are short and easily digestible
- Can be downloaded through iTunes
- Useful examples listed on site along with podcast episodes
- Very infrequently updated
- Episodes aren't very detailed
- Small number of episodes available
If this one doesn't tickle your fancy, there are plenty of other ed tech podcasts out there.